The other day, a group of my 10th grade students was discussing the fact that our principal goes by "Dr. K."
This is how the conversation went:
Kid: "Why does she go by Dr. K? She's not a doctor."
Me: "Yes she is! She has a doctorate degree in something important like education."
Kid: "That does not count. She is not a doctor."
Me: "She went to school for about a bazillion years; she definitely deserves to be called Dr after all that work."
Kid: "No, a person should only be called 'Dr' if he or she can save a life."
Me: "Well, what about Ryan? In about a month, he will be called 'Dr.' He can't save a life--but he can save a tooth."
Kid (after a moment of thoughtful silence): "Ryan could save a life."
Me (laughing): "Uh, I don't know if he could."
Kid: "He totally could Mrs. Nielson. Ryan is legit."
I have to agree with the kid. Ryan is legit. He found out yesterday that he passed his Boards (thanks to his awesome patient, I'm sure), and now he just has a few more procedures to finish up before graduation.
He is almost done--and I am so proud of him. When I think about all that he has learned and accomplished and endured, it almost makes me teary eyed.
I love my Dr. Nielson. He is legit in every way.